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Multi million dollar funding secured for Ballarat based National Centre for Photography


The leaks ahead of next weeks state budget have begun and it's good news for Ballarat.

$6.7 million will be invested to establish the National Centre for Photography in Ballarat's CBD.
The 1860's Union Bank building in Lydiard Street South will be it's home and will bring to life the vision of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale.

The centre will include state of the art gallery spaces for major temporary exhibitions, opportunities for community artists to exhibit and a dedicated photobook library.

“The Ballarat International Foto Biennale is one of Victoria’s iconic regional events and the National Centre for Photography will allow it to contribute to Ballarat’s economy and jobs strength year-round," said the Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula.

“We want Victorians to get out and enjoy our state by taking their holidays in regional Victoria – that’s why we’re backing landmark regional institutions like this.”

The project is estimated to generate $75 million in economic benefit over the next 15 years with more than 54,000 visitors expected over 2 years.

Image by S. Hermann & F. Richter from Pixabay